Oil platform worker sues after suffering neck injuries lifting heavy equipment

By Michelle Keahey | Sep 6, 2013

Timothy J. Young

NEW ORLEANS - An oil platform worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming he suffered injuries to his neck when he tried to lift heavy equipment.

Joshua Bass filed suit against Superior Energy Services Inc. and Energy XXI GOM on June 28 in Orleans Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on July 26.

The alleged incident occurred on June 28, 2012 while Bass was working aboard the platform performing work relating to the platform. Bass suffered injuries to his neck when he was assisting in the moving of a large coflax hose weighing a “tremendous amount.”

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to properly instruct and supervise Bass as well as other workers performing the moving of the hose, failing to follow all requirements and duties as outlined in the respective job descriptions, failing to properly design and supervise the moving of the subject hose, and for failing to adhere to and satisfy all requirements of the contractual obligations between the defendants.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, fringe benefits and wage earning capacity, physical disability, medical expenses, interest, and court costs.

Bass is represented by Timothy J. Young and Tammy D. Harris of The Young Firm in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-05175

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